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Tottenham Hotspur Sack Manager Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur have sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas with immediate effect.

The club reports that:

“The Club can announce that agreement has been reached with Head Coach, Andre Villas-Boas, for the termination of his services. The decision was by mutual consent and in the interests of all parties.

“We wish Andre well for the future.”

The sacking of Villas-Boas comes after his side were convincingly defeated 5-0 at home against Liverpool on Sunday. The defeat comes hot on the heels of a recent 6-0 away defeat against Manchester City.

After yesterday’s embarrassing defeat against Liverpool at White Hart Lane, Tottenham sit in seventh place in the Premier League. However, there have been a lot of question marks about Spurs this season — their lack of goalscoring, the inability of £26.4m signing Erik Lamela to adapt to English football, and the general lack of positive results even though the club spent £107million in the summer transfer window.

Incredibly, Villas-Boas got sacked despite having the best win percentage compared to recent Tottenham Hotspur managers (HT @AlfieDM):

Despite the win percentage, it just goes to show you what the increased expectations were among the Tottenham board regarding Spurs, and how they should be in the top four at this stage.

Tottenham’s next game is Wednesday against West Ham United in the Capital One Cup.

Meanwhile, the search for a new Tottenham Hotspur manager begins with Russian national team manager Fabio Capello being linked as a possible candidate after being spotted at White Hart Lane for the match against Liverpool.

Editor’s note: For the latest Spurs news, analysis and opinion, visit the Tottenham Hotspur team page.

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  1. Frill Artist

    December 17, 2013 at 1:03 am

    A simple fact you chose to ignore is that, compared to many of his predecessors, AVB had the backing of $100 million. With such vast financial resource, results are expected and he didn’t deliver.

  2. R.O

    December 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    IMO, should have not sacked Harry. Yes, it seemed H.R. lost his focus during the whole English Nat’l Team manager debate but, Arry, knew how to get the best out of the players.

  3. Matthew

    December 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Thank God he is gone. AVB and that bean counter Levy have destroyed a good team Harry put together. With all that money AVB and Levy still couldn’t do anything. Harry had to beg for money and Levy gave 100 million to AVB and nothing. The next step is to get rid of the bean counter Levy. The man is destroying the club. I would bring back Harry but I know that isn’t going to happen.

  4. yespage

    December 16, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Color me confused. Tottenham were embarrassed after the red card. Liverpool were doing their typical, awesome first half, let’s let the other team tie it up second half routine. Tottenham were much improved in the first portions of the second half. Then a completely absurd decision to kick Suarez in the chest put Tottenham down one man, which led to Liverpool being able to open up Tottenham.

    I don’t understand why that led to AVB’s sacking? Does the ownership of Tottenham understand that Tottenham doesn’t have this Top Four birthright?

  5. Dean Stell

    December 16, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Good call. There is a very small minority of managers who make a positive difference and it’s increasingly obvious that AVB isn’t one of them.

    It’s so much easier for managers to screw up a team than to help a team. So, I see no point in sustaining a manager who you even suspect is hampering the cause.

    Soccer is a player-centric game. It’s not about the manager. Most clubs would be better to just put the best 11 players on the field, roll a ball out there and let them play. They’re adults. They know how to play and they know what their teammates can/can’t do.

    On another note, what a fall from grace for AVB. To go from a rising star to being fired from two big(er) EPL clubs is pretty bad.

    • Bob

      December 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      I used to think this way but guys like Hidink, Martinez, Mourinho changed my mind. You need a good manager to get the best our of a bunch of good players.
      I’d bring back Redknap, that’s the best football I’ve seen the spurs play, he would have stretched that bale cash MUCH better 🙂

  6. jtm371

    December 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

    if Spurs lose 1/2 yesterday this does not happen.wonder if he leaves England to manage again.would he be considered damaged goods?you spend 50 mil your still the manager.


  7. Martin J.

    December 16, 2013 at 9:25 am

    So Spurs fire a manager that has the club two points ahead of Manchester United. No wonder Spurs don’t win anything. No long term strategy.

  8. Nelson

    December 16, 2013 at 9:08 am

    This was the right decision at the right time. This season has been the worst football I’ve ever watched Spurs play. Sure, AVB is not all to blame but ultimately he is responsible for not getting the most of a talented squad and also refusing to adapt. Playing a high line with slow CBs? Playing slow possession football is not the Spurs way. With that said, the players are also accountable for their dire performances but once again, there performance could be lack of confidence and drive from the manager.

    The question now is, what manager is actually going to improve the team. Not many options out there.


      December 16, 2013 at 11:23 am

      If this is the worst football you have ever seen for spurs you have not been watching them for long.
      This is something I cannot stand with new spurs fans all thy know is the Modric and Bale era. They have o clue how bad and how low expectations were for a long time. You wanna talk about bad football rewind to the 90s and early 00s. The past 5 years have been such an improvement and yea the games arent as fun to watch but at least we have been higher on the table instead of being happy about finihing 9th to 14th every year.

      Best record as a manager and after what he did last year he deserved a chance to finish the year out.

  9. pitchinvader

    December 16, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Not a Spurs fan but I always hated him for supporting John Terry when he racially abused Anton Ferdinand.

  10. Phil Badger

    December 16, 2013 at 7:02 am


    -best record of any Spurs manager in the PL
    -still points ahead of last year’s pace (which is Spurs best ever PL point total) based on like for like games
    -joint best away record this season (with Arsenal, 5W 1D 2L)

    and yet:

    – 7 goals scored in 8 home PL matches (only 4 from open play)
    – (-6) goal difference
    – Big matches where AVB doesn’t seem to have a clue what to do with his personnel (high line with Dawson and a makeshift midfielder at CB against Suarez, come on)

    Just so many contradictions. I don’t understand the upper management replacing Bale and others with 100m on 7 new players (none of which have ever played in England before!), with a young manager, and expecting instant results. They seem to want a Wenger-type long term project, but then don’t seem to have the patience for one.

    AVB doesn’t do himself too many favors, but the underlying problem is above him.

    • Brad

      December 16, 2013 at 7:08 am

      I think you hit it on the head with AVB not having a clue in big matches.

      • Phil Badger

        December 16, 2013 at 7:11 am

        he did last season though; won at Old Trafford (first time since ’89), beat Arsenal and Man City at home.

      • Nelson

        December 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

        Actually, AVB not having a clue in small matches! West Ham, Newcastle, Cardiff City…

  11. Brad

    December 16, 2013 at 6:47 am


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